Urban, rural and regional policies

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    Manufactured homeowners live at risk of eviction – state policies can improve housing insecurity or make it worse.

Manufactured homeowners live at risk of eviction – state policies can improve housing insecurity or make it worse.

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High rents and house prices across America means that mobile homes are playing an increasing role in providing housing in the US. Mobile homes placed in mobile home parks can be precarious, with the potential for closure at any time, displacing hundreds of residents. Esther Sullivan spent two years conducting ethnographic analyses of mobile home parks in Florida and […]

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    In recent decades, the clustering of rich and poor neighborhoods in America has continued, expanding inequality.

In recent decades, the clustering of rich and poor neighborhoods in America has continued, expanding inequality.

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Many recent discussions on American cities and neighborhoods have focused on how they are changing, either through gentrification or economic change. In new research, Elizabeth Delmelle finds that gentrification is only one small part of the story of America’s neighborhoods since 1980. She writes that the highest poverty, majority black neighborhoods and the wealthiest and whitest neighborhoods have been […]

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    On both sides of the Atlantic, downtown shops need to stick together to survive

On both sides of the Atlantic, downtown shops need to stick together to survive

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Downtowns on both sides of the Atlantic have been under threat for decades: first from the rise of suburban malls, and now from the growing popularity of internet shopping. In new research which studies a century of retail change in Detroit and The Hague, Conrad Kickert and Rainer vom Hofe find that the closer shops are to each […]

How poor public transit makes idiots of us all

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America’s mass transit systems are in a sorry state, and only a tiny minority of Americans makes use of them. For Kafui Attoh America’s transit is “idiotic” in two ways: in the sense that it is stupid to have not invested more in it, and in the way it isolates those unable to use cars, excluding them from urban […]

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    Book Review: Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty by Scott W. Allard

Book Review: Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty by Scott W. Allard

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In Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty, Scott W. Allard challenges the impression that the American suburbs offer a hub of prosperity and a safe haven from issues such as unemployment and crime. Demonstrating the alarming growth in suburban poverty across the USA and proposing some policy changes to try and fix the decline, this is a […]

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    Book Review: Latino City: Urban Planning, Politics, and the Grassroots by Erualdo R. González

Book Review: Latino City: Urban Planning, Politics, and the Grassroots by Erualdo R. González

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In Latino City: Urban Planning, Politics and the Grassroots, Erualdo R. González contributes to the literature on gentrification through a nuanced and critical analysis of community development and planning policy in Santa Ana, California, a predominantly Latina/o community. This is a convincing study, writes Jaime Guzmán, which shows how racist and elitist discourses shape gentrification processes and resulting spatial alienation. 

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    Book Review: Gentrifier by John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch and Marc Lamont Hill

Book Review: Gentrifier by John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch and Marc Lamont Hill

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In Gentrifier, John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch and Marc Lamont Hill offer a riposte to the widespread use of the term ‘gentrification’ in recent years, drawing on their own personal experiences as self-identified ‘gentrifiers’ to suggest a different understanding of urban change. While recognising that the book’s approach may prove controversial, Peter Matthews recommends this accessible read as a […]

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    After the water recedes, Houston’s low income and communities of color must have a say in the city’s future

After the water recedes, Houston’s low income and communities of color must have a say in the city’s future

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The past week has seen the city of Houston and some parts of Texas hit hard by the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Drawing on her research on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina ion coastal Mississippi n 2005, Kate Derickson writes that the damage caused by such storms is closely linked to the landscapes of racialized inequality which exist in […]

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    US cities’ buy-green schemes reduce their environmental liabilities and costs

US cities’ buy-green schemes reduce their environmental liabilities and costs

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Researchers Nicole Darnall, Justin Stritch, Stuart Bretschneider, Lily Hsueh, and Won No suggest five actions they should take to increase their success rate. 

As the U.S. federal government pulls back from policies and agreements that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, local governments are poised to pick up the slack. More than 270 U.S. mayors have affirmed their continued commitment to […]

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    Book Review: Parole in Canada: Gender and Diversity in the Federal System, Sarah Turnbull

Book Review: Parole in Canada: Gender and Diversity in the Federal System, Sarah Turnbull

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In Parole in Canada: Gender and Diversity in the Federal System, Sarah Turnbull examines how the ideal of ‘diversity’ has been interpreted and used to alter policy, practices and processes surrounding parole in Canada, with a particular focus on the Parole Board of Canada (PBC). Katelan Dunn welcomes this highly accessible text for shedding light on the ways that […]

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